Akorn Kamado Jr

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by garvinque, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    Here are a few pictures of my new Akorn Kamado Jr., Doing a 6ib pork butt tomorrow!





    Using a cast iron charcoal grate in place of the stock grate, using a canning rack with cast iron pan as diffuser. Will wrap pan with foil for easier clean-up Will post pictures of tomorrow's cook!!  Thanks' for looking!
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2016
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks too clean! Better take care of that problem!!
     
  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks nice, any test run or just going for it?
     
  4. stokensmoke

    stokensmoke Smoke Blower

    Can't wait to see what you think of the jr. I've been going back and forth between buying one of these or the 14.5 WSM for small cooks.
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Congrats on the new smoker!

    Looking forward to seeing it in action!

    Al
     
  6. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    I have both, and I haven't used the 14.5 WSM yet. I would say it depends on how much you want to smoke because the WSM has two grates to this one grate. While you might be able to grill on the WSM, you can for sure grill and smoke with this grill. The grate size is 13.5 same as the Smokey Joe and 14.5 WSM.
     
  7. stokensmoke

    stokensmoke Smoke Blower

    The 2 things I'm looking at is that yes the WSM will hold twice as much food but the jr is insulated which would make smoking over the winter a lot easier.
     
  8. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I smoke in the corner of the garage,door opened of course,with my WSM 18.5 and see very little difference between seasons. I do see some who wrap there's in a welders blanket but as long as you can block the wind you'll be fine.
     
  9. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome looking egg.  I didn't know they made a mini size.  Bet its a smoking machine.  Lets fire it up man! B
     
  10. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    Just started again this June 1st! They were previously sold by Menards and they are now sold by Char-Griller.com and Walmart.com for about 156.00. As I am writing this smoking a 6lb butt with some pecan wood.
     
  11. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    Saturday did burn out and season grate, then cook a small strip steak. As I write this smoking a 6lb butt!
     
  12. stokensmoke

    stokensmoke Smoke Blower

    I've got a UDS that I'm cooking on now. It works great but I don't always need that much room. Smoked a turkey in it last Thanksgiving - was 2 degrees out when I fired it up. Held temp fine just used a lot of charcoal.
     
  13. stokensmoke

    stokensmoke Smoke Blower

    B-one - quick question for you. I don't have a rack here to measure so I'll just ask - does a rack of ribs fit across the 18.5 or do you have to go to the 22.5?
     
  14. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    Depends the 18.5 grate measures out to 17.5, So if your ribs are 17 inches long your good!
     
  15. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    So the first smoke is out of the way. My first thoughts are never over shoot your target temp, took me two hours to get back to 250 degrees from 375 after that everything went great! Here are few pictures from this cook.




    I started this cook at 7:15 this morning pulled at 3:00 pm at 195 wrapped in foil and in oven waiting Cowboys vs. Packers!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2016
  16. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I normally cut a few off and wrap them in bacon. Pretty sure most racks are just a little to long to fit unless you only cook one rack dead center of the grates. If I was on the fence about size I'd go 22.5 as charcoal isn't that expensive and the space is a big difference but so is the price but there a very durable product. I'm personally looking for a used 22.5.
     
  17. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great,what team are you rooting for?
     
  18. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    Them boys[​IMG]Team!
     
  19. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well your meat must have been extra tasty!
     
  20. garvinque

    garvinque Meat Mopper

    Just like the game outcome was good! No seriously nice bark and smoke flavor, rub could have used more time in the fidge.[​IMG]  
     

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